The Port Network Authority and ARPAT (Regional Environmental Protection Agency- Translator’s Note) will be monitoring the quality of the air in the port of Portoferraio for two months, from September to the end of October. Last week, in fact, a mobile unit was postioned on pier 6 of the Elban port to monitor the presence of nitrogen oxides, sulphur dioxide, carbon monoxide and particulate matter in the air. The main meteorological parameters such as wind direction and speed will also be detected.

The monitoring campaign has been planned in the framework of the ongoing multiannual convention between ARPAT  and the Port Network Authority to detect the impacts of pollutants emitted in the port area.

The first data related to gaseous pollutants are already available and can be consulted in real time at this address:http://www.arpat.toscana.it/temi-ambientali/aria/qualita aria/rete_monitoraggio/scheda_stazione/FI-AUTOLAB-CALENZANO-BALDANZESE/dati_orari, while the daily data as a whole will be available the day after at the following address: http://www.arpat.toscana.it/temi-ambientali/aria/qualita-aria/rete_monitoraggio/scheda_stazione/AUTOLABORATORIO-ELBA-PORTOFERRAIO/indicatori_giornalieri.

An optical particle counter has also been placed on the device, thanks to which it will be possible to obtain data minute-by-minute on the number of PM10s, PM2.5s and PM1s present in the air. The particle data will be available at the end of the campaign.

“The initiative is part of the many initiatives that the Port Network Authority is pursuing for protecting and safeguarding the environment,” said President Stefano Corsini, adding: “The objectives we want to achieve in this field are ambitious. They have already been introduced in our port energy and environmental planning document (DEASP). The guidelines to this document have been presented just recently”.

“We firmly believe that environmental improvement can be one of the factors of ports’ competitiveness. This campaign helps us to develop a current and forward-looking assessment of any critical issues on the impact that shipping has on the town of

“I welcome the news of ARPAT’s involvement in our port,” said the Mayor of Portoferraio Angelo Zini, who added: ” We specifically requested the Port Network Authority to extend the monitoring campaign that was initially only conceived for Livorno and Piombino to the port of Portoferraio too. Unfortunately it comes a little late in relation to the largest summer traffic flows. However, it is an important step in the right direction of air quality monitoring with respect to the presence of gaseous pollutants that we hope will extend into the next tourist season.”